Originally posted by LottOfDefense:Originally posted by TheGoldDiggerrrr:Originally posted by WWFGD:Originally posted by LA9erFan:Originally posted by goodthings19:Originally posted by LA9erFan:
The calls for crow eating are kind of strange. I think Baalke did an excellent job of working the finances of this FA period (no one got more guaranteed money than they deserved), but I don't think we're a more talented team than we were at the beginning of FA either.
We went from a very poor FA period in the first few days to an average one. I don't think that's cause for gloating OR skewering the FO.
I am going to have to disagree with you. There seems to be a fair amount of this belief that all we did in free agency was maintain the status quo......Wrong
I believe that guys like Edwards, Rogers and Goodwin will provide us with a considerable upgrade at their respective positions. Losing Franklin is not a huge deal. Sopoaga will do just fine in his place. Aldon Smith holds enough promise that losing Lawson shouldn't be a factor either. I feel as though we did great considering that we did not have to overpay for a guy like Joseph or Asomgha and thus not be able to resign some of our own talent later on down the road when we are in a legitimate position to make a super bowl run.
Free agency this year was a success in my opinion and we definetly have reason to gloat. Go niners.
I disagree that Rogers or Goodwin represent considerable upgrades over Clements and Baas. I think that adding Edwards is significant, but so is losing Franklin and not replacing him. He's a very good NT, and the perception that he isn't that seemed to directly coincide with when he signed elsewhere. Had he re-signed, he'd still be considered a good player around here, IMO. Sopoaga at NT in a 3-4 is a downgrade, no question about it. We also lost Spikes and didn't replace him either.
We're not a more talented team. I'm just hoping that the coaching, especially on the offensive side of the ball, will be so superior to last year that we'll see significant improvement just based on that.
I agree with Goodthings19,
We definitely have gained a net worth in talent. These are my opinions:
Rogers is definitely an upgrade. Yes, I have heard he has bad hands. Ok. But it is not like Clements was tearing up the league in interception totals. Rogers will play press coverage more solid than Clements. Clements cost MILLIONS more than Rogers so big upgrade and value in terms of salary cap.
Manny Lawson was solid in the run and pass coverage. But frankly he was a huge fail during his tenure with the 49ers because he could not get to the QB. That was his job. If Aldon Smith can put up the pressure like reports are saying than no love lost with Lawson.
Aubrayo Franklin was good. Damn good. Sopoaga will be serviceable in this position and it will be interesting to see how he does. We all know he is strong enough.
Baas will not be missed. Frankly he was fighting for a position on the line before Heitmann was injured. He is NOT worth top 5 money. Goodwin is an ex pro bowler. He worked with Drew Brees. He is a huge value and will be a leader on the line.
Braylon Edwards? $1 million bucks. That is free basically and he steps in immediately as a true number 1.
Donte Whitner is already showing to be a vocal leader on the defense. He had 140 tackles last year for the lost boys of Buffalo. I wouldn't be surprised if he is our best pick up in FA. I wouldn't be surprised if he is one of the best pick ups for the entire league in FA...time will tell. Being on a better team will only allow him to shine more.
Goldson...we know what we are getting. He has lapses at time but he can hit and he can cause turnovers. Great value signing for a guy looking for 8 mil a year.
All in all Trent Baalke straight up pissed on all the haters. Many of the fans on this board were upset in the beginning and there is no problem with that. Some people are just more patient than others. Now it all comes down to how they play on the field and I thinks we will be making some noise.
NICE I'm happy with how trent has actually done. Franklin seems to have been really the only area we didn't upgrade on defense! We are loaded at saftey, Let the best man start! Maybe the actually do have a plan. Hopefully some of these guys work out, and we resign them next year. This way we can focus on drafting some Youth along the Dline!
NT should actually be pretty solid, we are not sure what we will get with Soap as a 1 gap NT, but having RJF and I. Williams as reserves help. The 9ers have no depth at DE in the base 3-4. Do they even have a back up on the roster? I am hoping that they sign a vet to a 1 yr contract to be a reserve.
Evans and RJF can both play end I believe.